Visas for Egypt

Expats wanting to travel to Egypt will need a valid passport and possibly a tourist visa, depending on their nationality. Many nationals need only purchase a visa on arrival at an airport in Egypt.

Expats travelling to Egypt to work or study will need to obtain a residence permit, as these activities are not permitted on a tourist visa.


Tourist visas for Egypt

The tourist visa for Egypt is valid for up to 90 days.

Nationals of certain countries do not require a tourist visa when travelling to Egypt, while certain other nationalities can get a tourist visa upon arrival at an airport in Egypt. However, nationals of yet other countries will need to apply for a tourist visa in advance of travelling to Egypt. It may be possible to do this online, via Egypt's eVisa system. Expats should check with their Egyptian Consulate for the most up-to-date information on nationality requirements regarding tourist visas for Egypt.


Residence visas and work permits for Egypt

Expats planning to stay in Egypt for work or study purposes will need to acquire a residence permit and, if in employment, a work permit. Residence is generally granted for one, three or five years.

A separate application for a work permit will also need to be made. The process is a long and arduous one and expats must have secured employment before they can apply for their work permit. Extensive documentation is required for a work permit application, so it's important to do extensive research beforehand on what will be needed.

*Visa regulations and requirements for work permits are subject to change at short notice and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.

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